The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is "Memorabilia"?

2. What word is used, by Tarrant, to describe Socrates' manner at his trial?

3. During "The Apology," what does Socrates say about politicians and poets?

4. Which Athenian god is associated with the sun?

5. At the end of his dialogue with Euthyphro, how did Socrates define "holy" actions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?

2. What does Tarrant say in the introductory notes about other versions of these dialogues?

3. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

4. Euthyphro admits that many people are upset by his decision. For what reason?

5. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?

6. What was Socrates' explanation for why he had been, supposedly, challenging the Oracle's answer?

7. How were the four dialogues that were included in "The Last Days of Socrates" originally arranged?

8. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

9. Why did Socrates initially pursue his habit of questioning people?

10. What evidence is presented to support the prosecution of Socrates?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the dialogues have to do with the concept of epistemology. What is epistemology? What does it have to do with philosophy? Why is it important? Why did Socrates concern himself with it? Are they ever able to reach a definitive conclusion? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the characters in "The Last Days of Socrates." What was this person's relationship to Socrates? Did this person affect Socrates' decisions in any way? If so, how? What were this person's core beliefs? What topic did they debate with Socrates? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

One of the reasons for Socrates' conviction was his "daemon". What was it? How did it affect Socrates? Why was it such an important part of his trial and conviction? What would happen if such evidence was presented at a modern-day trial? Do you think Socrates believed that he had a "daemon"? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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